Angkor Wat: Gods Vs. Asuras Bas-Relief – Varuna Riding Makara

Varuna Riding Makara depicted in the Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief carved in the lower-level gallery of the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Varuna Riding Makara in the Gods Vs. Asuras Battle

Varuna Riding Makara in the Gods Vs. Asuras Battle
The image shows a section of the Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief depicting a battle scene in which Varuna, the sea god in Hindu mythology, fighting the asuras (demons). It is carved on the western section of the north gallery located on the perimeter of the lower level of the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Check the Angkor Wat Temple Layout for the exact location of the Battle between Gods Vs. Asuras bas-relief. Read the Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs page for a detailed description of this and other bas-reliefs.

Riding a chariot driven by Makara, a dragon-like mythical creature, Varuna is fully engaged in the battle with the asuras. As you can see, he has loaded his bow with arrows and is about to shoot them. Surrounding Vishnu and Garuda are the devas and asuras engaged in hand-to-hand combat.

Gods Vs. Asuras Images
Vishnu Riding Garuda
Indra riding Airavata
Kartikeya (Skanda) Riding a Peacock
Brahma in a Cocoon
Multi-headed Asura Riding a Chariot

Related Pages
Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei
Phnom Kulen, Tonlé Sap, Cambodia
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